Designer Karl Lagerfeld Died At 85
The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died at the age of 85 following a decades-long career as a creative heavyweight, according to a report published by the well known online entertainment platform Xpose. Karl Lagerfeld has been described as “one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion” following his death.
The creative director of Chanel died on Tuesday at the age of 85, the fashion house said.
Karl Lagerfeld was praised by the French brand for being a “prolific creative mind with endless imagination”, and for reinventing the brand’s codes created by founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.
Alain Wertheimer, CEO of Chanel, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world.
“Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.”
Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, said in a statement: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Karl Lagerfeld.
“He has exerted an incredible influence over the fashion industry over the past six decades, and it goes without saying that the world has lost one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion. But it has also lost one of its greatest teachers.”
Karl Lagerfeld died after a period of ill-health, according to French media reports.
His death came after he missed the Chanel haute couture show in Paris in January.
The acclaimed German fashion designer had been at Chanel since 1983.
Karl Lagerfeld was also the creative director of LVMH-owned Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi, as well as his eponymous fashion label, which he opened in 1984.
A post on the official Instagram account for Karl Lagerfeld’s label shared the news of his death “with deep emotion and sadness”.
The message said: “He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious.
“He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.”
Donatella Versace and Victoria Beckham were among the stars paying tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, with Versace saying that his “genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I”.
“We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you,” she added.
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